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Once again, Brazil appeals for Israel's help to tackle a crisis

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Once again, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made his country seem weak in front of Israel by seeking help from the occupation state to tackle a national crisis, on this occasion the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the plaudits that Israel is receiving about its vaccination programme (which ignores the Palestinians whose lives it controls through its occupation), the government of Benjamin Netanyahu has faced domestic criticism for its handling of the crisis.

Nevertheless, Brazil has a shortage of oxygen cylinders in Amazonas State, so Bolsonaro has asked the Israeli ambassador for assistance. Speaking to Jovem Pan Radio on 15 January, the Brazilian president said, "I asked Yossi Shelley for help. We need emergency resources to combat Covid-19, such as oxygen cylinders; we are having difficulties providing them."

Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, and its hospitals are at breaking point, with no more beds or oxygen to treat patients. The company that produces oxygen cylinders is unable to meet the demand during the pandemic.

Amazonas suffered heavy losses in the first Covid-19 wave and is being badly hit by new infections. Local Health Secretary Marcellus Campelo has said that the state needs three times the amount of oxygen it can produce locally and appealed for help. Brazil is facing a severe health and political crisis nationally during the pandemic, with more than 211,000 virus deaths, the second-highest........

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